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Microsoft to Launch Smartwatch Soon?

Microsoft has decided that they want to join the Smartwatch fray. This is not a surprise as the margin on these devices right now is very high. Unfortunately, they are late to the party - again. That being said, I think Microsoft is one of the companies that could actually get wearables right. They do make very good hardware, it just doesn't catch on and compete when they are usually the last horse out of the gate.

A peer back into the annals of history shows that once upon a time in 2003, Microsoft hatched plans to release a timepiece which could receive information about weather, traffic and goodness knows what else for the princely sum of $10. How did this technological marvel work? Using FM radio, which even in the early noughties was about as high-tech as the spinning jenny.

Source: TheRegister

Rosewill @ CES 2013

Rosewill was at CES again this year in force.  They have a huge presence in the USA with Newegg.com.  In Canada, they have the same saturation with Newgg.ca, but in Canada Newegg doesn't have the same dominance.  After checking out the products that Rosewill is offering, I think that people should be a little more willing to give them a shot.  One of their products that they showed that will appeal to gamers.  They were in fact one of the first companies to market with a mechanical keyboard and this year, they've brough dual-LED illumination to their keyboards.  It doesn't have a robust software pack, and that's what I love about this idea.  It's all done is hardware and you can switch between the two colors and multiple modes for a personal experience.  They ne wHelios RK-9200 Dual LED keyboards come with Cherry MX Switches in Blue, Red, Brown and Black.

Rosewill Keyboards

 

Rosewill has a new case called the Throne that is their new flagship case.  This case will MSRP at $179 they estimate and be available later in March.  It's a pretty number and is very large.  Rosewill also says they plan on pushing their networking brand a little harder this year.  They aren't jumping into the 802.11ac pool yet, but they have some mainstream and higher-end 802.11n Dual-Band routers that offer the typical 450Mbps speeds - and do so at a lower price.  Also in their networking repitoire are some powerline products.  They have both 200Mbps and 500Mbps products.  We will be looking at some of these in the near future - and are going to kick it off with the 500Mbps gear.

 

Rosewill does a ton of other products including HDMI cables, Infrared Thermometers, Security Cameras and a lot more.  For more images, please check out our CES 2013 Gallery here. We've divided it up into different days to make things easier!

Next Gen Xbox Rumors

Most Xbox fans are already looking forward to see what Microsoft has in store for the Xbox 360's replacement. So far some of the rumors we've been hearing haven't been the greatest, mainly since it is being reported that you won't be able to play used games (or loan your friends you games) as they will only be allowed to be registered once on one system. That rumor is still out there and now it is being rumored that you will need an internet connection if you want to use your system which as expected isn't getting gamers very excited. Kotaku has more details on these rumors.

 

A new Edge report suggests that Microsoft's next Xbox gaming console, code-named Durango, will require an Internet connection to use. It also won't be able to play used games, Edge says.

We have not been able to confirm the veracity of this new report, which claims that Durango discs will ship with one-time-use activation codes that render them irrelevant to anyone but the person who first uses them.

OCZ @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and catch up with OCZ here at CES 2014. As you might already know, OCZ had a rough 2013 and is currently in the process of being acquired by Toshiba. OCZ Vertex and Vector drives traditionally have been using Micron flash memory inside them, however, that will be changing soon as OCZ will be begin using Toshiba flash memory in their new Vertex 460 SSD and they are saying that this move could really help improve performance which has everyone at OCZ excited. At this point we don't have any numbers but when the lineup and new models are finalized the performance numbers will be released. Stay tuned to BCCHardware as we will taking a look at these new drives down the road and we will see just how much performance they were able to gain.



OCZ Vertex and Vector SSD Lineup

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

October Game Release List

If you are getting ready for some fall/winter gaming, there are a few titles coming out this week that may be of interest to you. This week we revisit the Game Release List of the Week list and share with you some of the games that will be tempting me.

PC
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (download - $60)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (download - $40)
  • Outland (download)
  • TinyKeep (download - $15)
  • Shadow Puppeteer (download)
  • Pier Solar and the Great Architects (download)
  • Metal Slug X (download - $8)
  • Falling Skies: The Game (download - $40)
  • Super Win the Game (download)
  • Silence of the Sleep (download)
  • A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda (download)
  • Left in the Dark: No One on Board (download)

 

360

  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
  • Falling Skies: The Game
 
 
WiiU
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Castlevania: Dracula X (download)

 
PSV
  • Natural Doctrine
  • Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus Limited Edition
  • Invizimals: The Alliance (download)
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe (download - $12.49)
PS4
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
  • Natural Doctrine
  • Chariot (download)
  • Pier Solar and the Great Architects (download)
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe (download - $12.49)
  • Second Chance Heroes (download)
     
XBOne
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
  • Chariot (download - free for Games with Gold)
     
PS3
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
  • Natural Doctrine
  • Falling Skies: The Game
  • Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day (download)
  • Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom (download)
  • Pier Solar and the Great Architects (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 1 (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 2 (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 3 (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 4 (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 5 (download)
     
3DS
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
  • Skylanders Trap Team

If you want to find out more details about these titles make sure you check the link below.

Source: ShackNews

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